DVSA MOT test savings can be made with this tool

MOT tests are legally required and motorists can be hit with massive fines if they are caught driving a car which has not passed the exam.

However, with our increasingly busy lives, there is a concern many motorists may forget when their MOT is due and could be hit with charges for simple forgetfulness. To avoid the tough fines motorists have been urged to sign up for the DVSA’s free reminder service.

The agency’s “Get MOT Reminders” tool will conveniently remind drivers when the next update is due to stop them being unfairly caught out.

The agency will send a free text message or email reminders up to two months before their MOT test is due.

Motorists can sign up online as long as they input a mobile phone number, email address and vehicle registration plate.

Police will issue fines of up to £1,000 if a vehicle is found to have no valid MOT test and costs could soar based on any defects you have on a car.

If your vehicle is still in a road legal condition police could reduce the fine to just £100 and not issue any penalty points.

However, motorists who have failed their test may attempt to drive away from the MOT centre even if their car is considered dangerous.

This is when police officers could impose strict charges if the car is found to put yourself or other road users at risk.

Defective brake pedals, bald tyres and broken steering could all see road users hit with fines up to £2,500 for dangerous driving offences.

These will also come with three penalty points for each car part which is deemed to be in a dangerous condition.

It means in some cases road users could be charged £2,500 for each tyre which is considered ineffective, raising the overall costs to £10,000.

Motorists can get 12 points and a driving ban from one inspection which is likely to see car insurance prices soar.

Car insurance providers may even invalidate your cover if you have an accident while you are not in receipt of a valid MOT certificate.

This means motorists may be forced to pay expensive car repair bills for simply forgetting to attend their MOT test.

DVSA Chief Executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “DVSA’s priority is helping everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive.

"The MOT plays a key role in making sure the vehicles on our roads are safe to drive and meet high environmental standards.

“As over a million motorists have discovered, getting a text or email is a useful prompt to make sure people get their vehicle checked out in time.

“Motorists should also remember that to reduce the risk of causing an accident that kills or seriously injures someone, you need to check your vehicle all year round.”

MOT test regulations were updated in 2018 designed to strengthen the exam in a bid to crackdown on road safety.

The new test introduced three categories which gave motorists a general idea on why their car may have failed.

Dangerous and major faults indicated your car was not road legal and needed urgent repairs before it could pass.

Motorists could still pass on a major fault but highlighted to road users the need to consider some small-scale repairs to ensure their car continued to function correctly.

One-third of allvehicles failed the new assessment rules in their first year as three million were branded dangerous.